Without a doubt, the most absurd film industry news of the day belongs to this story about Randy Quaid suing Focus Features over his role in Brokeback Mountain:
Quaid filed a lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging producers got him to work cheap by falsely claiming “Brokeback” was “a low-budget, art-house film, with no prospect of making any money.”
“Yet from day one, defendants fully intended that the film would not be made on a low budget, would be given a worldwide release, and would be supported as the studio picture it always was secretly intended to be,” the lawsuit says.
Quaid agreed to waive his usual seven-figure fee and share of gross profits in favor of a much smaller payment, the lawsuit claims, although it doesn’t say how much he was paid.
A few things: 1. While Randy Quaid was nominated for an Oscar, in 1975 for The Last Detail, how can he demand seven figures 30 years later? 2. You gotta feel for his brother, Dennis, who is about to embark on a press tour for American Dreamz, and will surely be dogged with all kinds of questions about this. “No comment,” anyone? 3. Randy Quaid was probably in about all of five full minutes of Brokeback Mountain… what is that, $2 million per every precious minute of his screentime? 4. If anyone should be upset about being mislead on their role in Brokeback, it should be those fish Heath and Jake are always supposedly catching (all while Heath is “pitching”).
It seems that all the money he made off of Pluto Nash or Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure ran out.